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Smack That Bitch Up 

YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Original:  YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Tod Anderson, 1997
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on May 27, 2001

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Roth near the crux on STBU.

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  • Description 

    On the right side of Highlander is a large roof with a route through its mid-section (The Outsider, 5.11c/d). Just to right of the roof is STBU. While the start looks slabby and broken up, STBU ascends a colorful short fin with a seam in the middle on surprisingly good moves. Power up over the fin with an easy mantle to gain a ledge that leads to the business end of knocking up that bitch. Tricky moves over the overlap lead to some very solid and enjoyable edge climbing to the anchor. This is a fun route with reasonable continuity, solid rock, and good climbing moves. An extendo-clip makes entering the overlap very comfortable, otherwise there is some concerning for smacking the ledge if you don't make the clip over the overlap. The name...(?)... must have been a bad night for the Todster.


    QDs only. This 90 foot route needs a dozen or so draws and something for the double bolt anchor at the top.

    Eds. Note, if you go to the upper 2 bolt anchor with cold shuts, it is 100' to the ground!

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    By Tod Anderson
    Sep 17, 2001

    The correct name for this route is actually Smack That Bitch Up - named after a controversial rap song of a few years ago and an annoying female climber from Boulder who whined all day and made disparaging comments about Highlander Crag. I actually thought that this was 5.11a & don't know how it got rated 5.11c - Tod Anderson
    By Richard M. Wright
    From: Lakewood, CO
    Sep 18, 2001

    I think the switch arose in Rolofson's guide, so it's rather dated. Changed here.
    By Tzilla Rapdrilla
    May 29, 2009

    The anchor for this route was replaced on 5/28/2009 with new hardware courtesy of the Anchor Replacement Initiative, same anchor as used for The Outsider. Additionally, the big flake at the last bolt was tossed, some pieces going all the way to the river. What could have been a tempting hold for those not used to climbing in areas with rock like Clear Creek (choss) is now gone. This has no effect on the grade of the route or the moves in the vicinity of the block that was tossed.
    By Doug Redosh
    From: Anchorage, Alaska
    Oct 24, 2009
    rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

    I did the route today.
    I thought the crux is getting established on the face above the overlap, i.e. just below the climber, Mark Roth, in the picture.
    Cool moves throughout the climb. Very windy on a day like today, however.
    By Meredith DB
    From: Boulder, CO
    Oct 15, 2011

    Getting over the roof is quite height-dependent. The crux is clipping above the roof. If you blow the cli,p you'll smash into the slab below.

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